March 10, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Cliff Russum earned his second win of the season, pitching six innings and striking out four, and outfielders Michael Ewing and Toddric Johnson each added three hits, to lead the Golden Eagles to a 13-3 victory over Buffalo Friday night in the weekend series opener at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson field in front of a crowd of 3,111.
Southern Miss (11-4) scored 13 runs on 14 hits and committed two errors, while Buffalo (3-7) scored three runs on seven hits and committed four errors.
Cliff Russum (2-2) received the win for the Golden Eagles, pitching six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. Dan Francis (1-2) took the loss for the Bulls, pitching three innings, giving up eight runs, six earned, on eight hits, striking out two and walking two.
"We swung the bat well, and I thought all together, we played okay," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "Cliff's pitching was alright, but he's going to have to keep working, because I feel that he's not where he needs to be. This was a game that we got ahead early, and the wind was blowing out, so we were able to hit some balls out of the park. It was a great night to hit the baseball."
Southern Miss was led offensively by Ewing and Johnson, who each had three hits. Ewing also collected a double and a stolen base, while Johnson recorded one home run and three RBIs. Carl Aquilla, Mike Folli and Jacob Rosenbeck each recorded two hits to lead Buffalo's offense.
"Cliff has pitched well this season, and we were able to get him some runs tonight to give him a much deserved win," sophomore second baseman Trey Sutton said. "Friday nights of weekend series are always big, and its good to open with a win."
Southern Miss scored three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Sutton led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on catcher Dan Quinn's interference on Johnson's at bat. Luke Adkins walked to load the bases and Sutton scored the first run of the game when Trey Cuevas was hit by a pitch. Ewing was walked to bring Johnson home, and Jody Blount hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Adkins.
The Golden Eagles scored one run in the second inning to build a 4-0 lead. Sutton reached second base on a fielding error by left fielder Eric Flynn, moved to third on Johnson's single to center field and scored on a fielder's choice by Adkins.
Southern Miss added another run in the third inning to increase its lead to 5-0. Ewing singled up the middle to lead off the inning, advanced to second on Marc Maddox's single to shortstop, moved to third on Kevin Coker's single through the left side and scored when Bailey Hartel's flew out to left field.
Three solo homers were hit back-to-back-to-back in the fourth inning to add three more runs, as Johnson, Adkins and Cuevas all slammed solo shots to give the Golden Eagles an 8-0 advantage over the Bulls.
Buffalo scored two runs in the fourth inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 8-2. Flynn walked to lead off the inning and scored on Mike Folli's RBI double to left center field. Rosenbeck hit an RBI single up the middle to score Folli from second.
The Bulls scored one run in the sixth inning to make the score 8-3 on Aquilla's solo home run to left field.
Southern Miss scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase its lead to 12-3. Ewing walked, advanced to second when Blount reached base on a catcher's interference call, moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt by pitcher Matt Larson and scored on Maddox's RBI infield single. A wild pitch advanced Blount to third and Maddox to second, and Blount scored and Maddox moved to third on Hartel's RBI single through the left side. Hartel advanced to second when Sutton was hit by a pitch, and both Maddox and Hartel scored on Johnson's two-run single up the middle.
The Golden Eagles added another run in the seventh inning to finalize a 13-3 decision. Cuevas led off the inning with a walk, moved to third on Ewing's double to center field and scored on Coker's sacrifice fly to left field.
Southern Miss plays Buffalo in game two of the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.